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Secret Service knows about ISIS flag at White House

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Last week, an image of an iPhone in front of the White House displaying an ISIS flag made its way around Twitter.

The image, posted by the pro-ISIS account @sunna_rev, is dark but, if legitimate, shows a hand holding the flag atr night on Pennsylvania Avenue, just in front of the White House fence. In the tweet, it is accompanied by the hashtag #AmessagefromISIStoUS before a more ominous message.

ABC News reports that the Secret Service is “aware” of the photo.

“We have an intelligence division whose mission is to assess information that we receive every day for dangerousness or potential threat level,” Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told ABC News. “We are aware of the image and will take the necessary and appropriate follow up steps.”

The Secret Service did not respond to an additional question about whether the tweet was believed to be authentic. The FBI has not yet responded to ABC News’ request for comment on the tweet, its suspected origin, or whether it signifies a serious threat to the U.S.

A senior U.S. intelligence official told ABC that use of Twitter is consistent with ISIS practices. The group has shown to be at the forefront of social-media use among terrorist and militant groups, the official said.

Another photo displayed a note handwritten in Arabic. It read, “Soldiers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria will pass from here soon,” followed by a Koran verse that read, “and Allah is perfecting His Light even though the disbelievers hate (that).”

On Aug. 7, President Obama authorized renewed airstrikes in Iraq, targeting ISIS militants.

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